ASHDOWN, AR – A driver is facing charges for his involvement in a deadly crash in Little River County in September, according to TRK Today.
Authorities said 64-year-old Melba Rose was driving a Honda CRV on Highway 71 Sept. 2 when the accident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Rose had just pulled onto the highway from a McDonald’s when her vehicle was hit by a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 55-year-old James Franklin Nowlin of Texarkana, Arkansas. The pickup then struck a car that was parked in a nearby parking lot. Rose, from Ashdown, was pronounced dead at the scene while Nowlin was injured.
Investigators said Nowlin’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, and he has now been charged with negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. The crash was blamed on Nowlin’s “inattentive driving”, according to a probable cause document.